Athletic News

Waxahachie, Texas- September 4, 2014- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s and women’s cross country teams have spent many hours, and even more miles, running in preparation for the new season.  2014 is the second year for SAGU’s cross country program.  The inaugural season was very successful for the Lions ending at the National Christian College Athletic Association’s 40th National Championship.

CamposMen's cross country captain Jose Campos   Last year’s team was made up of all freshmen.  This year the seniority will come from sophomores.  The men’s team returns three sophomores; team captain Jose Campos, Brad Beimler and Luke Flattery.  The women also return three sophomores; team captain Destiny Garza, Kristen Herrington and Julie Alvarez. 

GarzaWomen's team captain Destiny Garza Coach Covarrubias believes many runners will contribute to the team from the start.  Two newcomers, freshman Kelly Cook and freshman Gabriel Price, will compete for the top spot on the team.  Transfer sophomore Jose Gutierrez will also be an athlete to watch. Head Coach Jason Covarrubias says the leadership style of both Campos and Garza are very similar, “They lead with their legs and not their voice.   They believe that hard work is the key to success.”

  By the time of their first meet the Lions will have completed four full weeks of preseason.  “What other sports use for conditioning is our sport!  There is always room to improve,” says Coach Covarrubias.  Early   in preseason training the SAGU cross country team traveled to Monohans, Texas to run at the historic sand dunes and then onto Fort Davis for altitude training in the Davis Mountains. 

SandDunesBuilding endurance and trust at the Monohans, Texas sand dunes After all of the hours that the cross country team has spent together Coach Covarrubias has one goal for his runners; he wants them to build a family.  He believes a strong bond will be the key to their success this second season, “We will work together to strengthen our family every practice and ultimately transfer that into each meet!” 

The Lions will be on the road for every meet this season. The first meet is on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. 

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.eduor by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

 Contact: Natalie Tristan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 214-232-7187


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